Peter Rueffer (eight string guitar), Richard Hand (Requinto), Tom Dupre (Guitar)
Founded in 1987, the Pro Arte Guitar Trio is recognised as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles. The unique combination of requinto (a smaller guitar tuned a 4th higher), standard and eight-string guitars brings an attractive new sonority to the guitar trio. Several highly acclaimed CDs for ASV feature the trio’s arrangements of music by Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz and Villa Lobos. The trio’s repertoire also includes a number of specially commissioned works from composers such as Oliver Hunt, Andrew York, Edmundo Vasquez and a Concerto for guitar trio and strings by Adrian Williams. The trio has toured Europe and given concerts throughout the UK including a number of recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.
Peter Rueffer, the founder of the trio has developed an innovative technique for the eight-string guitar, the instrument that lies at the heart of the trio’s unique sonority. His wide experience of chamber ensembles involving the guitar, range from a duo with jazz guitarist Jason Carter to being a member of the contemporary music group Omega. His numerous arrangements for guitar ensemble are well known and include much of the trio’s concert repertoire. His settings for guitar ensemble were awarded first prize in the UK National Guitar Orchestra competitions of 1998 and 2000. In 1995 he founded the Dillington Guitar Summer School and Festival now an established event in the UK guitar calendar. On this recording, Peter Rueffer also plays an octave bass guitar.
Richard Hand was an open scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where he won many awards including the Julian Bream prize. Since then he has toured extensively with Ileana Ruhemann for Live Music Now!, with flautist Martin Feinstein in the Lightfingered Gentry and with the chamber group Alibas. His concert tours in a long standing partnership with Tom Dupre have taken him all over the world. Richard Hand joined the Pro Arte Trio in 1997.
Tom Dupre’s performances have included playing all the music in a West End production at the age of 16 and solo recitals in Europe while still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. In his duo with Richard Hand he has performed throughout the UK including recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. The duos tours have taken him to Germany, Poland, Norway, Israel, the USA and the Far East. Tom Dupre joined the Pro Arte Trio in 1997.